Tuesday, February 15, 2005



Manila Standard – Friday October 15, 2004

Negros Oriental’s four Ts – tourism, trained people, technology and talent – take center stage as the province celebrates the Buglasan Festival in Dumaguete starting today.

Derived from the pre-Hispanic name of Negros Island, “buglas,” the 10-day festival promises a variety of activities designed to promote the province’s tourism and economic potentials.

“This year’s festival is bigger and more exciting because this is the first time that we have 100 percent participation from the local government units in the province,” said Negros Oriental Gov. George Arnaiz.

Arnaiz stressed that the province has much to offer tourists and investors that are starting to catch the attention of the world. “That is why the festival centers on the four Ts that abound in Negros Oriental,” the governor said.

The province, which is just an hour away by plane from Manila, is positioning itself as an ideal location for IT-based industries because of its sophisticated fiber-optic network that is comparable with the best systems in the world.

As investors look into the merits of doing business in – or even relocating to – Negros Oriental, they will be regaled with cultural presentations and other activities that will introduce them to the aesthetic wonders of the province.

Board member Mariant Escano-Villegas, who heads the Provincial Commission Culture and Arts, said that 14 contingents from all over the province have pledged to join the street dancing competition.

The grand showdown slated on Oct. 22 will highlight Negros Oriental’s different festivals – the Sandurot (Dumaguete City), Kapaw (Basay), Hambabalud (Jimalalud), Libod-Sayaw (Bindoy) tag-ilis (Sta. Catalina), Kinaihayan (Dauin), Saulog (Tanjay City), Sipong (Bais City), Tawo-Tawo (Bayawan City), Bakon (Bakong), Langob (mabinay), Dalupapa (Ayungon), Kasulad (Pamplona) and Yag-Yag (Sibulan).

The participants will try to wrestle the crown from the town of Sibulan, whose Yag-Yag frestival was the WoW Philippines grand prize winner in 2003.

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